Welding And Welding Equipment
The Importance Of Welding And Welding Equipment To Growth In South Africa
The robust economic growth exhibited by South Africa industry has flown in the face of the naysayers and proponents of the global slowdown. The health of the South African engineering and construction industries has been in part responsible for South Africa’s economic health and the health of these industrial sectors has in turn been in part because of infrastructural growth driven by the revitalisation of the country’s road network and the construction of new stadiums which were built as part of South Africa’s successful hosting of the FIFA World Cup Soccer tournament in 2010. Buoyed by these projects and the increasing numbers of tourists that are visiting the country, the growth of the engineering and construction sectors remains robust. This in turn has meant a growth in the market for welding and welding equipment.
The welding and welding equipment sector will remain growth industries in South Africa even once these large infrastructural projects are complete, which will occur during 2011. This is in part due to the fact that welding and welding equipment are used by many smaller start-up businesses and entrepreneurial ventures in South Africa. Travel the highways and byways of Gauteng and the entrepreneurial nature of its formerly unemployed citizens is apparent. Almost every open area alongside suburban roads boasts a backyard mechanic making use of welding and welding equipment to make small repairs to the exhaust systems and bodywork of a variety of cars.
Rather than being viewed as an eyesore this use of welding and welding equipment should be viewed with pride by the inhabitants of Gauteng, amidst widespread unemployment there are still those who are willing to take responsibility for their own future and become productive members of society and breadwinners for their family, using only a rudimentary knowledge of welding and welding equipment to make a living. It is through cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset that employment opportunities are created for many in South Africa, for each person welding and using welding equipment at the side of the road there are many who are performing support roles and it is this network that is driving the growth of small business in South Africa.
As long as this spirit of entrepreneurship remains a part of the South African psyche we can look forward to robust growth in this country. Combine this spirit with a construction industry that can compete with the best in the world and a world class infrastructure and it becomes clear that South Africa’s position as a driver of economic growth, not only in this country but across the African continent is assured.
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